Revermann, Martin

Professor Classics/Theatre Studies

Contact Information

Room: 
EH 212D
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Rd., Erindale Hall
City: 
Mississauga
Province: 
Ontario
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
Office Hours: 
On leave July 2017 to Dec 2017

Biography and Research Overview

Martin Revermann is a Classicist and Theatre Studies scholar. His research interests are not confined to Graeco-Roman antiquity but cover the cultural history of theatre (both Western and Asian) more broadly and until the 21st century. Specific areas include performance criticism of Greek drama, the cultural history of Greek theatre from antiquity to the 21st century, the history and theory of translation, theatre iconography, theatre theory and theatre sociology. Another major focus of his research is the work of Bertolt Brecht, especially exploring Brecht’s position as a playwright, director and theorist within the history of theatre as a whole. He is also working on the history of theatre audiences and playgoing. His research (and graduate teaching) therefore integrates Classics, Theatre Studies, Comparative Literature, German Studies and History.

Revermann’s award-winning doctoral research was the foundation of Comic Business. Theatricality, Dramatic Technique and Performance Contexts of Aristophanic Comedy (Oxford 2006). He has edited or co-edited four other books: Performance, Iconography, Reception. Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin (Oxford 2008), Beyond the Fifth Century: Interactions with Greek Tragedy from the Fourth Century BCE to the Middle Ages (Berlin/New York 2010), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy (Cambridge 2014) and A Cultural History of Theatre (Vol. 1: Antiquity) (London 2017).

Revermann was trained as a Classicist in Germany and the UK, and holds a doctorate from Oxford University (where was a Rhodes Scholar). He also held research fellowships at Merton College (Oxford) and at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies.

 

Degrees

M.A. (LMU Munich) (distinction)

Staatsexamen (LMU Munich) (distinction)

M.A. (Oxford, honorary)

Ph.D. (Oxford)

 

Graduate appointments:

Member, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Associate Member, Centre for Comparative Literature

Associate Member, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Member, Department of Classics  

 

Previous appointments and major fellowships

Junior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford

Junior Fellow, Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C.

Rhodes Scholar (at Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Lecturer in Classics, Magdalen College, Oxford

Senior Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Member of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (Berlin)

 

Research areas

Ancient Greek drama: production, reception, iconography, sociology

Brecht

Theory of drama

History and theory of translation

Sociology, psychology and history of playgoing

 

Other work experience

Strategic management consulting

Care for elderly people in seniors’ home

Work with mentally handicapped adults (volunteering)

 

Publications

Books

  1. (2006) Comic Business. Theatricality, Dramatic Technique and Performance Contexts of Aristophanic Comedy. Oxford (Oxford University Press) (xiv + 396 pp., 15 illustrations).

Books edited

  1. (2017, editor) The Cultural History of Theatre, vol. 1 (‘Antiquity’). London (Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama; General Editors: C. Balme/T. Davis) (xii + 254 pp., 14 illustrations)
  2. (2014, editor) The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press) (xvii + 498 pp., 24 illustrations).

[Translation into modern Greek to appear in 2018.]

  1.  (2010, edited with I. Gildenhard) Beyond the Fifth Century: Interactions with Greek Tragedy from the Fourth Century BCE to the Middle Ages. Berlin and New York (de Gruyter, 441 pp.)

[Pbk. edition published in 2016.]

  1.  (2008, edited with P. Wilson) Performance, Iconography, Reception. Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin. Oxford (Oxford University Press, xi + 583 pp.).     

Articles

  1. (forthcoming in 2018) ‘Bert’s Bard: (Re)Assessing Brecht’s Translation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus’, Brecht Yearbook 43.
  2. (2017a) ‘Introduction: Cultural History and the Theatres of Antiquity’, in: Revermann, M. (ed.) The Cultural History of Theatre, vol. 1 (‘Antiquity’). London (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama; General Editors: C. Balme/T. Davis), 1-15.
  3.  (2017b) ‘Institutional Frameworks’, in: Revermann, M. (ed.) The Cultural History of Theatre, vol. 1 (‘Antiquity’). London (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama; General Editors: C. Balme/T. Davis), 17-33.
  4. (2017c) ‘Interpretations’, in: Revermann, M. (ed.) The Cultural History of Theatre, vol. 1 (‘Antiquity’). London (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama; General Editors: C. Balme/T. Davis), 103-19.
  5. (in press) Entries ‘Axionicus’, ‘business, stage’, ‘entrances and exits’, ‘Euripides’, ‘gesture’, ‘Heniochus’, ‘Lysistrata (play)’, ‘Lysistrata (character)’, ‘revision of scripts (post-performance)’, ‘Sophocles’, ‘stage-directions, implicit’, ‘windows’, in Sommerstein, A. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy. Malden, MA and Oxford.

9)(2016a) ‘Reception of Tragedy 500 to 323 BCE’, in van Zyl Smit, B. (ed.) A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama. Malden, MA and Oxford, 13-28.

  1. (2016b) ‘Brecht and Greek tragedy: re-thinking the dialectics of utilizing the tradition of theatre’. German Life and Letters 69: 215-34.
  2. (2014a) ‘Introduction’, in Revermann, M. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 1-23.
  3. (2014b) ‘Divinity and religious practice’, in Revermann, M. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 275-87.
  4. (2013a)  ‘Brechtian Chorality’, in Billings, J., F. Budelmann and F. Macintosh (eds.) (2013) Choruses, Ancient&Modern. Oxford (Oxford University Press), 151-69.  
  5. (2013b) ‘Paraepic Comedy: Point(s) and Practices’, in Bakola, E., L. Prauscello and M. Telò (eds.) (2013) Comic Interactions: Comedy and Other Genres. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 101-28.
  6. (2013c)  ‘Generalizing about Props: Greek Drama, Comparator Traditions, and the Analysis of Stage Objects’, in Harrison, G. and V. Liapis (eds.) (2013) Performance in Greek and Roman Theatre. Leiden (Brill), 77-88.  
  7. (2013d) ‘Théoriser les accesoires: théâtre grec, outils comparatifs et analyse des accessoires’ (= French translation, by Brigitte LeGuen, of ‘Generalising about Props’), in LeGuen, B. and S. Milanezi (eds.) (2013) L’Attirail Scenique dans les Spectacles de l’ Antiquité. Paris, 35-49.
  8. (2011) ‘Brecht’s Asia vs. Brecht’s Greece: Cultural Constructs and the Explanatory Power of a Binary’, The Brecht Yearbook 36: 277-90.
  9.  (2010a) ‘Introduction’ (co-authored with I. Gildenhard) to Gildenhard, I. and M. Revermann (eds.) (2010) Beyond the Fifth Century: Interactions with Greek Tragedy from 400 BCE to the Middle Ages. Berlin and New York (de Gruyter), 1-35.
  10. (2010b) ‘Situating the Gaze of the Recipient(s): Theatre-Related Vase Paintings and their Contexts of Reception’, in Gildenhard, I. and M. Revermann (eds.) (2010) Beyond the Fifth Century: Interactions with Greek Tragedy from 400 BCE to the Middle Ages. Berlin and New York (de Gruyter), 69-97.
  11. (2010c) ‘On Misunderstanding Lysistrata, Productively’, in D. Stuttard (ed.) (2010) Looking at Lysistrata. London (Duckworth), 70-79.
  12. (2008a) ‘Introduction’ (co-authored with P. Wilson), in: Revermann, M. and P. Wilson (eds.) Performance, Iconography, Reception: Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin,  Oxford (Oxford University Press), 1-12.
  13.  (2008b) ‘Aeschylus’ Eumenides, Chronotopes, and the “Aetiological Mode”’, in: Revermann, M. and P. Wilson (eds.) Performance, Iconography, Reception: Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin,  Oxford (Oxford University Press), 237-61.
  14. (2008c) ‘The Semiotics of Curtain Calls’, Semiotica 168: 191-202.
  15. (2008d) ‘The Appeal of Dystopia: Latching onto Greek Drama in the 20th Century’, Arion 16:  97-117.
  16. (2008e) ‘Reception Studies of Greek Drama’, Journal of Hellenic Studies 128: 175-8.
  17. (2006) ‘The Competence of Theatre Audiences in 5th- and 4th-Century Athens’, Journal of Hellenic Studies 126: 99-124.
  18. (2005) ‘The Cleveland Medea Calyx Crater and the Iconography of Ancient Greek Theatre’, Theatre Research International 30: 3-18.
  19. (2003) ‘Spatio-Temporal Dynamics in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King’, University of Toronto Quarterly 72: 789-800.
  20. (1999/2000) ‘Euripides, Tragedy and Macedon: Some Conditions of Reception’, in: Cropp, M., K. Lee and D. Sansone (eds.) Euripides and Tragic Theatre in the Late Fifth Century. Illinois Classical Studies 24/25: 451-67.
  21. (1999) ‘The Shape of the Athenian Orchestra in the Fifth Century: Forgotten Evidence’. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 128: 25-28.
  22. (1998) ‘The Text of Iliad 18,603-6 and the Presence of an aoidos on the Shield of Achilles’. Classical Quarterly n.s. 48: 29-38.
  23. (1997) ‘Cratinus’ Dionysalexandros and the Head of Pericles’, Journal of Hellenic Studies 117: 197-200.

 

Teaching

Undergraduate courses

CLA 101 Introduction to Classical Civilization

CLA 235 Ancient Visual Culture

CLA 237 Introduction to Greek Society and Culture

CLA 300 Ancient Greek Tragedy, Comedy and Satyr Play

CLA 301 Greek Epic Poetry

CLA 303 The Ancient Novel

CLA 308 Greek Religion

CLA 404 The Greek Hero: Ideology and Cult Practice

CLA 499 Independent Studies

DRE 220 History of Performance

DRE 356 Theory of Drama

DRE 358 The Audience and the Theatre

DRE 420  20th-Century (Theatrical) Responses to Greek Tragedy

DRE 420 Classical Challenges: Receptions of Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare and Chekhov in 20th- and 21st-Century Theatrical Culture

DRE 422 Naturalism and its Critics

DRE 422 Brecht: Playwright, Theorist, Director

 

Graduate courses

DRA 1003 Introduction to Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies

DRA 1011 Traditions of Performance Theory

DRA 4091 and 4092 Directed Reading

DRA 4090Y (Year-Long Directed Reading)

GRK 1000 Advanced Studies in Greek Language (Greek Prose  Composition)

GRK 2000 Classics of Greek Verse

CLA 1308 Studies in Latin Literature I

GRK 1800: Greek Literature and Language

GRK 1804 Readings in Greek Tragedy

 

Graduate research seminars

Tragedy: Instantiations of a Dramatic Form in Theatre, Philosophy, Opera and Popular Cinema

The Problem of Translation: Theoretical, Historical and Pragmatic Perspectives

Brecht and Greek Tragedy

Brecht: Theatre, Theory and Contexts

The Chorality of Greek Drama

Euripides in his Fragmentary Plays

Sophocles

The Reception Histories of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

Aristotle’s Poetics: Text, Contexts, Reception Histories 

 

Pedagogical initiatives

http://gsltoronto.wordpress.com

Website based on the workshop Graduate Student Learning in the Humanities: Challenges, Best Practices, Perspectives. A Workshop, for Faculty and Graduate Students, on Graduate Student Pedagogy (Toronto, September 2013).

 

Primary doctoral supervisions

Completed

-Kathryn Mattison (Classics): ‘Recasting Troy in 5th-Century Attic Tragedy’

-George Kovacs (Classics): ‘Iphigenia at Aulis: Myth, Performance and Reception’

-Donald Sells (Classics): ‘Old Comedy and its Performative Rivals of the 5th Century’

-Alysse Rich (Theatre Studies): ‘Reconfiguring the Choral: Adaptations of the Greek Chorus since Word War II’ [Recipient of the Drama Centre’s Alumni Dissertation Award]

-Patrick Hadley (Classics): ‘Athens in Rome, Rome in Germany: Nicodemus Frischlin’s 1586 Translations of Aristophanes’

-Yuriy Lozynsky (Classics): ‘Ancient Greek Cult Hymns: Poets, Performers and Rituals’